By Tyler Sakalys-Moore
As said in our previous recruiting report for the men’s side, Division III recruiting has been evolving constantly, creating difficulties never before seen for coaches in terms of contacting prospective athletes. This being especially true for those who struggle a bit more on the tech side of everything. This being said, in an effort to make this information a bit more accessible, those of us at d3swimming.com is bringing you another recruiting report, this time for the women’s class of 2020.
NCAA Division III Top 25 Recruits of 2020 (according to CollegeSwimming Power Index)
- Anni Fan – Johns Hopkins University – 10.51
- Sydney Chun – MIT – 14.76
- Joanna Dohrman – Johns Hopkins University – 16.86
- Alesha Kelly – University of Chicago – 17.18
- Alexandra Turvey – Pomona-Pitzer Colleges – 18.22
- Bainon Hart – Williams College – 19.28
- Grace Wenger – Bates College – 19.97
- Lillie Bushway – Williams College – 20.03
- Katelyn Dang – Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps College – 20.41
- Chloe Wang – New York University – 20.53
- Amanda Alfaro – Kenyon College – 20.57
- Kinsey Brooks – University of Mary Washington – 20.69
- Sahar Mumtaz – Tufts University – 21.26
- Susan Mumford – Emory University – 21.45
- Jillian Cudney – Tufts University – 21.58
- Sarah Hoffman – Kenyon College – 21.63
- Katie Shelburne – Tufts University – 21.85
- Kylie Juan – Washington University (Missouri) – 22.10
- Isabella Park – Kenyon College – 22.23
- Lauren Waire – Washington University (Missouri) – 22.46
- Naomi Locala – Pomona-Pitzer Colleges – 22.50
- Nikki Barnas – Denison University – 22.80
- Sloane Donovan – Emory University – 22.86
- Penelope Helm – Emory University – 23.04
- Makenzie Higgins – Johns Hopkins University – 23.43
Anni Fan (Johns Hopkins University) 100 Y Butterfly 54.51
Our first notable commit is a fairly obvious one, as she is coming in as the top Division III commit of the class of 2020. However, Anni Fan is not your average athlete coming out of high school. With a 54.51 100 fly, not only will she hold the top butterfly spot at Johns Hopkins University, but she will also be coming in with the 2nd best 100 fly in all of Division III. Along with this, her 23.56 50 freestyle and 50.82 100 freestyle will allow her to be a top option for just about any of the relays. Fan, without a doubt is going to bring Johns Hopkins up from their current 13th place ranking in Division III and will continue to be a force for years to come.
Lillie Bushway (Williams College) 400 Y Individual Medley 4:25.82
One of the top distance swimmers coming out of this year’s class is Lillie Bushway. Adding to an already stellar Williams College team, Bushway will come in as the teams second best in both the 1650 (17:10.18) and the 400 IM (4:25.82). In all of Division III, she ranks top 16 in each of these events, along with top 26 in the 500 free (4:58.14). Bushway’s commitment adds firepower to an already top distance group out of Williams College, giving them the ability to potentially build on their top 5 finish this past year.
Strongest Incoming Class
Coming off of this past season’s 13th place finish according to CollegeSwimming’s Championship Rankings, Johns Hopkins University is going into the 2020-21 season with lots to prove. Already, they have made quite a statement with their recruiting class of 2020. Along with having 2 of the top 25 Division III commits, they also have all 6 of their commits being apart of CollegeSwimming’s top 1000 recruits for the class of 2020.
As stated above, Anni Fan is not only coming in as one of Johns Hopkins top recruits, but she will be coming in as one of the top swimmers in all of Division III. Along with Anni, they also received a commitment from CollegeSwimming’s third-best Division III recruit, Joanna Dohrman. Dohrman will be coming in as a top distance swimmer for Johns Hopkins as she will immediately take over as the team’s best in the 500 and the 1650.
Joining Dohrman as top freestylers on the team will be Makenzie Higgins and Olivia Richardson-Bozzo. Higgins will help immensely in just about all the Freestyle events as she will be coming in as a top 3 Freestyler for them in the 100, 200, and 500. Richardson-Bozzo will be coming in with a bit more distance background as she will be a top 5 swimmer for them in both the 500 and 1000.
Finally, Johns Hopkins is bringing in a pair of fantastic backstrokers in Caroline Storen and Cameron Roche. Storen will come in and provide immediate depth to their backstrokers as she will be listed as top 5 in both the 100 and 200 Back on the team. Roche will be coming in with not only the best 200 Backstroke time on the team, but she will also be able to provide support in IM as well.
Not only is this class loaded with top recruits, but they are all instant impact swimmers who will be helping them make a fight in not only their conference, but in all of Division III for years to come.
Class of 2021 Standouts
Even with the Class of 2020 recruiting just having wrapped up, many top Class of 2021 recruits are beginning to make their commitments. Here, we’d like to bring in a glimpse of what the Class of 2021 will hold for us as we look at some of the top NCAA Division III commits of this coming class.
Alex Obrien (Denison University) 1650 Y freestyle 16:57.57
While Denison University didn’t have too many top recruits on the women’s side in the Class of 2020, they already seem to be making a strong push for the Class of 2021, as they already have a commitment from top 500 recruit, Alix Obrien. Obrien, out of Minnesota will be coming in as a top distance swimmer for not only Denison, but also for all of Division III. Going into her senior year, Obrien is already boasting times that would be some of the top in NCAA Division III in both the 500 (4:56.54) and the 1650 (16:57.57). She will be joining an already impressive distance group at Denison to give them another top 10 1650 swimmer alongside Class of 2019, Keely Tierney. This all coming before her senior year of High School, we’re all excited to see what she is capable of doing a year from now.
Sara Kraus (Hope College) 200 Y Individual Medley 2:03.80
Another standout NCAA Division III commit, Sara Kraus, boasts instant impact times in both backstroke and breaststroke for Hope College. At Hope, Kraus looks to add to an already impressive Hope Women’s breaststroke group that had 4 top 8 finishers in the 100 at their conference meet this past year as she would be fighting for the top spot with her 1:04.33 time. In the 200 IM, she seems to be in a very similar spot as her time of 2:03.80 would be the top time at the MIAA Conference Championships this past year.